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  1. Meanwhile, at Houston Astros photo day …

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT


    Look, I think we can agree that it would be a very bad thing if Houston Astros’ bullpen coach Craig Bjornson went on a mutli-state killing spree. That’d be pretty darn bad indeed! But I am happy that, in the unlikely event that he does, we have an appropriate file photo for all of our…

  2. Josh Hamilton and the Angels are limiting the role of his “accountability coach”

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton has long had an “accountability coach” or “accountability partner” accompany him at all times when at the ballpark and on road trips. The idea is to have someone to keep an eye on him and help him deal with the temptations and difficulties which come with being a drug and alcohol addict.  The…

  3. Masahiro Tanaka to make his spring debut on Saturday and HBT will be there

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    I leave for spring training in Florida tomorrow. Masahiro Tanaka makes his spring training debut on Saturday. Oh, providence! Tanaka will throw 35 pitches for the Yankees that day. He won’t start — that’ll be CC Sabathia — but he will start an inning, either after Sabathia or third after Hiroki Kuroda goes. I was…

  4. Josh Hamilton could be out weeks

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Yesterday Josh Hamilton left the Angels’ game with a calf problem. Turns out the problem is going to keep him sidelined a good while. Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times: The Angels open Cactus League play Friday, but it could be weeks before their left fielder joins the lineup. On Tuesday, he strained his left calf muscle…

  5. Chone Figgins didn’t like being pinch-hit for in Seattle

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Chone Figgins is trying to make the Dodgers’ roster. He gave a big interview to the L.A. Times about his dark time in Seattle. He mentioned one incident which set the whole relationship on a bad path, apparently: He said the Mariners had competed well that season against the Angels and he thought Seattle would be good…

  6. Mark Teixeira to make his spring debut next week

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

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    There have been multiple reports of Mark Texeiria being “stiff” or maybe being behind schedule. But we’ll know soon enough: Joe Girardi said Mark Teixeira will play sometime at the end of next week. #Yankees — Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) February 26, 2014   Teixeira’s effectiveness may be one of the more important things for the…

  7. Real spring training games start today

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

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    Spring training games aren’t actually real. Especially February spring training games. But they are more real than games against college teams like we say yesterday which are, in turn, more real than mere workouts which we’ve seen for the past week which are, in turn, way more real than sitting around all winter with our…

  8. Mike Schmidt is joining the Phillies’ broadcast team

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:37 AM EDT


    Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs are already on board as new Phillies’ announcers. Now here comes a Hall of Famer: Mike Schmidt will join CSN’s broadcast team this season for all 13 Sunday home games at Citizens Bank Park, the Daily News has learned. Schmidt, a 12-time All-Star with the Phillies, will join play-by-play man…

  9. Jackie Bradley Jr. is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 25, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr.

    This one in video form. It comes at the 2:45 mark of this 3:00 video over at Best part: totally unprompted. Just blurts it out when talking about stealing bases. But watch the whole thing because at the beginning he talks about how great it was that he failed at the major league level last…

  10. C.J. Wilson, Josh Hamilton banged up today

    Feb 25, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Bad day to be an Angel. First this: Update on CJ Wilson. Was struck by ball on left side of head throwing live bp. Left on his own power. Taken for precautionary testing. — Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) February 25, 2014 Then this: #Angels Josh Hamilton on crutches in clubhouse. — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) February 25,…

  11. Jose Fernandez: “My goal this year is to have a 1.95 ERA”

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez AP

    From the Department of The Oddly Specific, here’s Marlins ace Jose Fernandez: He delivered his message quiet matter-of-factly, as if he were discussing the everyday, the mundane, the fully expected. With neither fanfare nor a deep breath to preface his quiet announcement, Jose Fernandez calmly said, “My goal this year is to have a 1.95 ERA.” There.…

  12. Trevor Rosenthal leaves BP session with pain in his . . . leg

    Feb 25, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

    Trevor Rosenthal

    Whew: Trevor Rosenthal leaves field, live BP with trainer after some discomfort. Does not appear to be arm-related. Update soon. #stlcards — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) February 25, 2014 Rosenthal felt something in his right leg, upper quad. Cut throw short just out of precaution. #stlcards #Cardinals — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) February 25, 2014   The…

  13. And now something non-snarky about player weight

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    We laugh at the Best Shape of His Life reports and we shake our heads in confusion at how someone like Jesus Montero can’t seem to take care of himself. But despite its status as an amusing spring training evergreen, player weight it a big deal to them and their teams. Adam Kilgore wrote a…

  14. Post-porno flap, the Cardinals tell their players to use social media The Right Way

    Feb 25, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Social Media

    Posting porno on a Twitter feed is something a low-class organization’s players will do. It’s not The Cardinal Way: A day after Deadspin, a sports website that posts commentary on various sports issues and athletes, posted a list of pornographic images that showed up on the Twitter feed of Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, manager Mike Matheny addressed players…

  15. Ervin Santana still wants $50 million

    Feb 25, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

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    Ervin Santana is sitting at home. Meanwhile, spring training games will start this week. His price is not coming down any further, however, as CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports Santana is still seeking a contract around four years and $50 million. Yes, it’s what Garza and Ubaldo got, but they signed earlier and didn’t have…

  16. Bigger Than the Game: Dirk Hayhurst’s latest, bravest and most emotionally moving book yet

    Feb 25, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

    Bigger Than the Game

    Dirk Hayhurst has a new book out. It’s his third. The first was about life in the minors. The second was about breaking into the bigs. This one — called Bigger Than the Game — is about the life of an injured and then re-habbing pitcher who, whether he knew it or not, was soon…

  17. White House petition seeks to make Opening Day a national holiday

    Feb 25, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

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    Wait, it isn’t? No one I know works that day, so I just assumed  . . . Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith is heading out on the campaign trail for the next 30 days. His platform? To turn Major League Baseball’s Opening Day into a national holiday. Smith announced the initiative on Tuesday and…

  18. The Mets aren’t happy with Ruben Tejada’s conditioning; could push them toward Drew

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Ruben Tejada was supposed to have been up at some complex in Michigan this offseason getting into The Best Shape of His Life or something close to it. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports, however, that the Mets aren’t too happy with what they’re seeing: Ruben Tejada still isn’t working out for the…

  19. Maybe comparing MLB and the NBA is not the best idea

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT


    Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks made some comments about how the NBA should get rid of its salary cap. His justification was that baseball does it and it’s just fine, so why not the NBA? I don’t know nearly enough about the NBA to say whether it actually could survive without a cap. Team…

  20. Orioles prospect doesn’t know who Frank Robinson is. Buck Showalter makes him write a report.

    Feb 25, 2014, 6:31 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals

    Frank Robinson was at Orioles camp in Sarasota yesterday to address the team. An Orioles prospect didn’t know who he was. Some people call this sort of thing a teachable moment: Buck asked O’s farmhand Josh Hart if he knew who Frank was. He didnt, so Buck told him he wanted a one-page report on…

  21. The Rangers extend Ron Washington’s contract through 2015

    Feb 24, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    If the Rangers front office isn’t pleased with Ron Washington’s comments about bunting this morning it’s not too big a deal in their mind: Ron Washington has been given a one year contract extension through 2015. — Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) February 24, 2014   The guy has won a lot and players like him. I…

  22. The Yankees could face Jameis Winston tomorrow

    Feb 24, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Florida State University’s baseball team will play the Yankees tomorrow at Steinbrenner Field. And 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston could face them. He’s the team’s closer and he has allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in three games this season. I’m guessing the Yankees’ lineup will not be Opening Day caliber and no matter who is…

  23. The new home plate collision rule is officially announced

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Press release from Major League Baseball: the new home plate collision rule is out. It’s Rule 7.13 .It reads as follows: A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).  If, in the judgment of…

  24. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs’ alternate cap has bacon on it

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT


    Sometimes the headlines just sort of explain it all, ya know? THE IRON PIGS HAVE AN ALTERNATE CAP THAT HAS A STRIP OF BACON ON IT — Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) February 24, 2014   I feel like we, as the Internet, reached peak bacon a year ago or so. But I do think someone…

  25. The Yankees are not going to sign shortstop Aledmys Diaz

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz recently held a showcase for several teams. At the time the Yankees were said to be interested in him, possibly as an eventual Jeter heir. But not anymore. George King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are dropping out of the bidding. The Braves, Giants, Cardinals, and Phillies…

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